National Rifle Association official Chris Cox on Sunday defended the influential group’s call last week to look into whether a gun device used in the Las Vegas shooting massacre complies with federal law — arguing the move was not a call for a weapons ban and that gun-rights advocates welcome the effort.
“There were NRA members who were shot [in Las Vegas]. There were members who were murdered,” Cox, the NRA’s executive director, told “Fox News Sunday.” “What we’re getting from NRA members is grief and fear, the same way other Americans are grieving.”
Fifty-eight people were killed and more than 500 others were wounded in the Oct. 1 Las Vegas massacre, executed by a gunman with a cache of weapons and a device that converts a semi-automatic rifle into a full-automatic one.
The NRA statement last week in part called on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to “immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law. The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.”
The statement also called the mass shooting by Stephen Paddock “evil” and made clear, as the NRA has long argued, that “banning guns from law-abiding Americans, based on the criminal act of a madman, will do nothing to prevent future attacks.”